The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
During the Mercator Fellowship, Nadine Düe works on the involvement of local personnel in international military operations. Withdrawing international forces from the area of operations without having sufficiently stabilized the region, the former interpreters and guards are often victims of retaliations. In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education she wrote the book "We also served Germany" about former Afghan personnel who worked for the German Armed Forces, the German Federal Police and the German Federal Foreign Office during the ISAF-Mission. Nadine holds a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Philipps-University Marburg, and worked for the German Armed Forces as a consultant, supporting their capability development in the Information Domain.